I got the news that my young adult mystery SUSPECT was on the top of the Society of School Librarians International best books for language arts (grades 7-12) last fall, but the official link never popped up for me until last week. Now I’m honored to share it, especially since I’m in such good company. … More The Society of School Librarians International Best Books
Some kids aren’t really sure whether or not they’d like to play a sport. If you know someone who’s thinking about trying soccer, strongly consider handing that person a copy of Ruth McNally Barshaw’s Ellie McDoodle: Most Valuable Player. This is the fourth book in Barshaw’s Ellie McDoodle series, a delightful collection of books for kids in … More Thinking About Soccer?
I”m looking forward to doing a day of writing workshops with students in Jefferson City, Missouri this Saturday. We’ll be looking at using specific detail and figurative language in the morning and examining the relationship between conflict and character in the afternoon.
While I’m not participating in the NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, I am tapping into some of its energy. Instead of polishing words and phrases, I’m only taking them to a certain level before moving on. I have dreams of wrapping up a draft for my high school and college-age beta testers by Christmas. It’s … More 34343 Words
Sometimes writers stop in the middle of conversations once they realize what they must sound like to the outside world. Often this happens when discussing the motivations of various winged or furry creatures. Yesterday, the woman behind the counter of the coffee shop must have wondered for a second or two whether the Missouri Mob was … More Just Kill Him